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Taramosalata (Fish roe salad - meze)

  Photo taken from Athinorama Umami Taramosalata There are also the Greek classics, think something like a dip but instead of using nachos or vegetables to eat them we use bread. Taramosalata is one of those dishes.   It is roe fish blended into a creamy pink dip of pureed potatoes with parsley, lemon juice, and finely chopped onion (optional).   In meze, this is one of the first dishes that it is served.   In taverns, they always bring it along with salad, tzatziki, and tahini.   We will talk about the last two later.   Well, let’s see our recipe…   Ingredients 2 kg tarama (fish roe). 1 large potato or two small ones 450gr of Greek bread 1 tsp of shredded and dried onion 1 cup olive oil The juice of one lemon (medium size) Tarama is the hardest ingredient to find, so it is a good idea to look at groceries that import Mediterranean food. It is usually sold in larger jars, but you can store the remainder in the freezer for months. Peel the potatoes and cut t

Food Trends in 2023: From Irresistible Vegetables to Mindful Proteins

The world of food is ever-evolving, with new trends and innovations emerging every year. As we look ahead to 2023, we can expect to see some exciting developments in the world of food. From irresistible vegetables to modernized comfort food, low-waste menus, and wild and pure ingredients, plenty of new and exciting flavors will be explored. In this article, we'll explore the top food trends for 2023 and how they will shape the way we eat and think about food.

Irresistible Vegetables

Vegetables are no longer relegated to side dishes or garnishes. They are now front and center on the plate and are becoming increasingly popular. In 2023, we can expect to see even more vegetable-centric dishes that will tempt even the most devout carnivores. Think roasted cauliflower steaks, charred broccolini, and grilled portobello mushrooms. Vegetables are also being used in creative ways, such as in place of noodles in dishes like zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.

Modernized Comfort Food

Comfort food has always been a staple, but in 2023, we can expect to see a modern twist on classic dishes. Chefs are finding innovative ways to make comfort food healthier and more sustainable. For example, expect to see gluten-free pizza crusts made from alternative flour like almond or coconut flour. Plant-based alternatives like cashew cheese or vegan cheese will replace traditional cheese. Plant-based burgers made from mushrooms, black beans, and lentils will also be popular.

Low-Waste Menus

Sustainability will be a significant focus in the food industry in 2023, and one of the most visible ways this will manifest is through low-waste menus. Chefs are finding ways to reduce waste and use every part of an ingredient. This includes using vegetable peels and stems to make stocks and broths or using leftover bread to make croutons or breadcrumbs. We can expect to see more sustainable packaging, as well as more restaurants using composting and recycling programs.

Wild and Pure

Consumers are increasingly interested in wild and pure ingredients that are sourced sustainably and ethically. This includes seafood that is caught using sustainable methods and locally sourced ingredients like wild mushrooms or foraged herbs. Wild game meats like elk, bison, and venison will also become more popular.

Flavor Contrast

In 2023, we will see a growing emphasis on flavor contrast, where chefs combine flavors that are both complementary and contrasting. This creates a dynamic and exciting eating experience. Think salty and sweet or spicy and sour. This trend is also reflected in the use of spices and herbs to add depth and complexity to dishes.

Feel-Good Food

Food that makes you feel good is becoming more important to consumers. This includes food that is not only healthy but also tastes good and provides a sense of comfort. We can expect to see more foods that are high in nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as more gut-friendly foods like fermented vegetables and kombucha.

The New Sharing

In 2023, we will see a shift away from traditional sit-down meals to a more casual and social dining experience. The new sharing trend will see an increase in small plates, tapas-style dishes, and family-style meals that encourage sharing and conversation, something like the Cypriot meze. This also reflects a growing interest in communal eating experiences and the importance of social connections around food.

Mindful Proteins

Protein is still a vital part of our diet, but in 2023, we will see a shift towards more mindful consumption. This includes a growing interest in plant-based proteins like tofu, tempeh, and seitan. There will also be a focus on sustainably raised and ethically sourced animal proteins like grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, and many more.


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